Disinfo: Because of the collapse of the USSR, Russia lost 23.8% of its territory, 48.5% of the population, 41% of the gross national product, 39.4% of the industrial potential and 44.6% of the military potential – all these resources went to the former Soviet republics.

Summary

After the collapse of the USSR, Russia, which was known as the Soviet Union or Soviet Russia abroad, lost 23.8 percent of its national territory, 48.5 percent of its population, 41 of the GDP, 39.4 percent of its industrial potential (nearly half of our potential, I would underscore), as well as 44.6 percent of its military capability due to the division of the Soviet Armed Forces among the former Soviet republics.

          

Disproof

Fourteen former Soviet republics are unlikely to agree with these claims: during the period of the Soviet Union, all these resources belonged both to Russia and these nations, which all are independent states now.  Gorbachev resigned as Soviet president on December 25, and all Soviet institutions ceased to function at the end of 1991. According to Britannica, the main benefactor was Russia. It assumed the U.S.S.R.’s seat on the UN Security Council, and all Soviet embassies became Russian embassies. The Soviet armed forces were placed under CIS command, but it was only a matter of time before each successor state formed its own armed forces. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan became nuclear powers, but all, except Russia, declared their goal to be the destruction of their nuclear arms.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: USSR, CIS
  • Outlet: Kremlin.ru
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The US intelligence services are planning to kill one of the presidential candidates in Russia

What should we expect [during presidential election in Russia]? […] I mean the murder of one of the presidential candidates. Therefore, I would like to ask Russian authorities to protect these people as much as possible. They are really threatened!.One of the weakest critics, I mean. For example, Yavlinskiy, Sobchak and so on. [—] And who is doing this? Not simply Americans. This is being done by a specific consortium of intelligence services, which have escaped the control of the people of the United States, and which are doing it independently.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Sanctions are the Western response to Russia’s strengthening, sanctions will be in force forever

[TEXT OF THE INTERVIEW ON THE TV STUDIO SCREEN:]

“Are sanctions for a long time in general?”

“Forever. The revival of Russia’s national identity usually leads to the rapid growth of its physical strength. Nobody in the West liked it at the level of instinct. Sanctions are the reaction of an old and tough enemy to our reinforcement. And they can be lifted only if we become weak again.”

 

Disproof

Sanctions are not a response to "Russias strenghtening". They were imposed on Russia by EU in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The economic sanctions targeting exchanges with Russia in specific economic sectors are aligned to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/,

The UN GA also affirmed its commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity
and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and condemned the temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine – the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – by the Russian Federation, [see the resolutions No 68/262 and No 71/205].

The West plans to use Ukraine as an explosive for a forthcoming war against Russia to take Russia’s natural resources for free

If there is a conflict […] between the US and Russia, or between the US and China, in this conflict Ukraine can really take part in a war against Russia.

Main aim of this war is to destroy Russia that has rich natural resources.

 Technically, Ukraine can be used as a seed, as a contact fuse. It will explode, and everything will start blazing. It could be Donbas, Crimea and everything else.”

[They want to ruin Russia] because then resources can be taken for free. Because in Ukraine now, some people demand free sale of humus, black soil – to buy it for a pittance.            

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that the West is robbing Ukraine's soil and resources. Further debunking by StopFake. For background see: www.dt.se/allmant/dalarna/ryskt-rykte-uppror-svartjord-fran-poltava-till-dalarna,